exit interview

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exit interview (plural exit interviews)

  1. (business, human resource management) A final meeting between an individual who is leaving his or her employment and a representative of the employing organization, in order to gather information about employment conditions and to ensure a fair, informed, orderly departure.
    • 2001 June 17, "Return Engagements Can Make for Stronger Bonds," Businessweek (retrieved 28 May 2014):
      Indeed, your exit interview is probably not the time or place to vent about how unhappy you were or about much your boss stank (either literally or figuratively).
    • 2013 Sept. 9, Carol Kinsey Goman, "What Every Leader Should Know About Re-Engagement," Forbes (retrieved 28 May 2014):
      Too often companies find out about their employees’ disengagement during the exit interview instead of while they are still working and there’s a chance for re-engagement.
  2. A similar meeting held when an individual leaves some other type of organization, such as an educational institution or voluntary association.
    • 2006 June 30, David M. Herszenhorn, "Graduation Rate Improving, Schools Chancellor Says," New York Times (retrieved 28 May 2014):
      At least some improvement in the graduation rates seems to be the result of lawsuits filed by Advocates for Children that prompted the Education Department in 2003 to better account for students who leave the school system. Schools are now required to conduct exit interviews with students.

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